Amazon the e-commerce giant has launched the budget version of its highly popular ebook reader Kindle in India. It has been priced reasonably at Rs. 5,999 and comes with 20% faster processor, double the storage and a touchscreen based interface. The all new Kindle is a beautiful 6 inch device which is up for pre-orders on Amazon.in and will finally start shipping from October 9.
“Our new Kindle is small and light, with weeks of battery life, a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and a touch interface,” said Peter Larsen, vice president, Amazon Kindle. “The new Kindle includes all the features readers love—Whispersync, built-in dictionary and new exclusive features like Vocabulary builder, Kindle Freetime and Goodreads integration. It’s never been a better time to be a reader.”
The all new Kindle has got some cool features to boast of which include Vocabulary builder that automatically adds new words to the dictionary and lets you quiz yourself with the help of flash cards. Whispersync is a feature which allows you to save and synchronize last page read. New Kindle has got battery which can take you through a week easily and also supports Smart Lookup. Based on your reading history the new Kindle can also suggest you the time you will take to read a particular book. Parents can improve their kid’s reading habits by encouraging them to read selected books on Kindle which will in turn earn them achievement badges.
Kindle has got what is really required out of an e-reader i.e., portability and glare free display coupled with powerful battery backup. Kindle is really a treat for avid reader as Kindle store has some 600,000 exclusive books, 30,000 free e books, a million books under Rs. 299 and over 0.25 million books available under Rs. 99. Newer features like Word Wise and Enhanced Search will be rolled out in Over The Air update in next couple of months.
Amazon knows Indians wants bang for their buck and this is a serious effort to lure first time customers. So don’t expect all the features found in Amazon Kindle Paperwhite which sells for Rs. 11,000 for example the new budget Kindle has a lower resolution as compared with original Kindle Paperwhite. The new Kindle arrives pre registered so you don’t need to go through hassles of setting up everything. You can just straight away take it and start reading your favorite book on it!